Health News of the Day

Health News of the Day is a daily summary made from the selected links I post on Twitter. It is in a bullet points format with links to the original sources which include 350 RSS feeds that produce about 2,500 items per day.

  • Proposal to increase payments to PCPs at the expense of high-paid specialists has touched off a lobbying fight. New doctors typically owe more than $140,000 in loans when they graduate. AAMC is advocating a 30% increase in medical school enrollment, which would produce 5,000 additional doctors each year

  • Baths With Diluted Bleach May Help Kids With Atopic Dermatitis. 90% of people with atopic dermatitis have Staph on their skin, compared to about 25% of general population

  • The American Urological Association recommends a "baseline" PSA test for all men 40 or older

  • Camphor-containing products, used to treat cold, deter pests, can be highly toxic to young children, causing seizures

  • Smoking remains the top cause of preventable death in the U.S., followed closely by high blood pressure

  • "Second Miami VA patient has tested positive for HIV after exposure to contaminated endoscopy equipment"

  • AP: "Medicaid cannot be forced to pay for a treatment if they disagree with a doctor over whether it is necessary"

  • Children given stimulants to treat ADHD score higher on tests than children with the condition who do not get drugs

  • NEJM is on Facebook too with three new Facebook Applications - Add NEJM Image Challenge gadget to your webpage:

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